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Town Hall: Poverty and Prosperity in King County

  • Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University SU Campus Walk (at Marion) Seattle, WA 98122 (map)

Speakers include Alan Mallach, Mayor Jenny Durkan, Mayor Nancy Backus, King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci and Marty Kooistra. Registration and more info at

Who really benefits from urban revival? From trendy coastal areas to the nation’s heartland, cities are seeing levels of growth beyond the wildest visions of only a few decades ago. For a look at the ramifications of this explosive growth for our own region, we convene a panel of city planning experts and representatives for our local government. First, urban practitioner Alan Mallach shares insight from his book The Divided City, spotlighting the effects of revival on major metropolitan cities over the past 20 years. He contends that, in order to foster greater equality and opportunity in increasingly crowded cities, regions must develop local strategies that focus on the needs of the people—education, jobs, housing, and quality of life.

With these needs in mind, we turn to a panel of local policy-makers to discuss, compare, and contrast the challenges King County and the Puget Sound Region are facing in the wake of exponential growth. Sit in for a critical discussion with key figures in our local government as they share strategies for how Seattle and the region at large can overcome inequities resulting from the transformation of our urban area.

Later Event: October 27
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